Friday, 27 January 2012

Dreams

There will be times that you read, hear or even see something that puts you back on track.


Source: Pinterest

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Elizabeth Olsen - Interview magazine



I am a huge fan of the Olsen's and Elizabeth is quickly becoming a firm faviourt along with her famous sisters.  I love the first image.


Source: Interview magazine 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Around the corner, down the stairs, along the hall








Remember when you last stayed at a hotel, you leave your room and head to the restaurants for breakfast. As you are walking down the hallway you notice the cleaners are in one of the rooms with the door open. Do you walk passed and take no notice or do you have a little peak, just to see what the room is like or if it is any different to the room you have?


I slow my pace right down to pigeon steps and have a good look. I want to make sure that I take a long hard stare just to take everything in. 


It can be the same with a house, when people have their lights on and it is dark outside, which means you can see everything but wish you could see so much more. Or when you stand on a door step, the front door opens and you have a quick look. I mainly do it to see what art is on the wall, the decor of the parts I can see, to get an idea of taste and what the person would be like.


It always leaves me wanting more, I am a little greedy by not being happy with the parts I can see. The photos show what I mean and make you wish the photo was larger or showed what was around the corner or down the stairs. 


Source: Pinterest & Tumblr

Monday, 16 January 2012

Simply Scrumptious Carbonara

The last thing that I want to really do after a busy day at work, is to then come home to prepare and cook for hours. I will always opt for the simple option and this recipe never fails to let me down, it is simple, yummy, filling and a big positive; it doesn't take long to cook. 

Ingredients:

50 - 100g Pancetta
150g Spaghetti  
Drizzle of Olive oil
Salt and pepper
3 Large eggs
1 plump garlic clove, peeled and left whole
50g Grana Padano cheese
25g unsalted butter

Drizzle some olive oil into a large saucepan, fill with water and put on to boil. 

Finely chop the pancetta, having first removed any rind. Squash the garlic with the blade of a knife, just to bruise it. Fry the pancetta with the garlic. Drop the butter into a large wide frying pan or wok and, as soon as the butter has melted, tip in the pancetta and garlic. 

Leave these to cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the pancetta is golden and crisp. The garlic has now imparted its flavour, so take it out with a slotted spoon and discard.

Finely grate the Grana Padano cheese and beat the eggs in a medium bowl, season with a little freshly grated black pepper. Mix most of the cheese in with the eggs, keeping a small handful back for sprinkling over later.

Add 1 tsp salt to the boiling water, add the spaghetti and when the water comes back to the boil, cook at a constant simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until al dente (just cooked).

Keep the heat under the pancetta on low.When the pasta is ready lift it from the water with a pasta fork or tongs and put it in the frying pan with the pancetta. Don't worry if a little water drops in the pan as well (you want this to happen) and don't throw the rest of the pasta water away yet.

Take the pan of spaghetti and pancetta off the heat. Now quickly pour in the eggs and cheese mix

Using the tongs or a long fork, lift up the spaghetti so it mixes easily with the egg mixture, which thickens but doesn't scramble, and everything is coated. Add extra pasta cooking water to keep it saucy (several tablespoons should do it). You don't want it wet, just moist. Season with a little salt, if needed.

Use a long-pronged fork to twist the pasta on to the serving plate or bowl. If the dish does get a little dry before serving, splash in some more hot pasta water and the glossy sauciness will be revived. Serve immediately with a little sprinkling of the remaining cheese, a grating of black pepper, some warm, rustic garlic bread and a glass of wine. 

Then sit back and enjoy. A quick home cooked meal that looks and tastes great.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Everyone smile, it's Friday



I have watched these videos so many times and I love them and they always make me smile. Who would of thought it would be so easy to fall in love with a shell.

I hope you all have a great weekend and we are another week closer to pay day....... January always seems to take forever.

So, sit back, watch the videos and enjoy.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

My resolutions for 2012

I have completed my first full working week and it wasn't the easiest of tasks! I missed eating when I wanted, having a nap during the day and spending my time being with friends and family.

The start of the year is a great time to make new resolutions or even carry some over from the year before. Chris (The Boy) and I made some at the start of the year.

By the end of 2012, I hope to:

Take a holiday
I know this sounds like an easy one. But Chris and I didn't get the chance to leave the lovely UK shores and jet off anywhere hot and relaxing. We either didn't have the time because of work, couldn't decide where to go or have the money. I really want to try and get away somewhere hot before the end of March.... Fingers crossed.

To be fit and healthy
This tends to be on everyone's list and is one I really need to pull my finger out and make sure I stick to. It is so easy to slip back into watching telly, eat whatever I like and no be very active, but I'm not getting any younger and I want to start looking after myself more.

Learn a language
This is a personal resolution and not for any reason. I would like to learn Spanish and be able to feel confident when speaking and reading it. When I was at school I learnt German but unfortunately I wasn't very interested and put more effort into other subjects. To make up for my lack of interest I would like to learn a language that I would enjoy.

Confidence
A few years ago I suffered a big hit in confidence. I started to worry too much (I still do), I didn't stick up for myself and kind of let people walk all over me. I would always think of the perfect thing to say after the other person had left or didn't have the nerve to say it in the first place, I was a shell of my former self. It all started to change towards the end of last year. I started to stand up for myself and start to think there is more out there than what I have and I am the only person who has the ability to change it. I hope this change continues and I become stronger throughout 2012.

So, here is to 2012. I hope you all have a great year and that it is everything that you want from it.

Source - Pinterest

Monday, 2 January 2012

The day after, New Year's day walk










The boy and I would normally go for a nice walk on New Years day (start as we mean to go on...) But the weather stopped us from doing so yesterday, it rained all day and we didn't leave the house once. It was more of a PJ and duvet day. So look out 2012, it might be a lazy one.


When we woke this morning and saw the sun shining we couldn't help but wrap up warm (it was very windy and cold on the coast) pull on our wellies and headed for the beach. I think everyone else had the same idea too, even though we didn't leave home till 2.30pm it was busy down there.


It was a great chance to take some lovely photos of the sun setting, the view around us and of course of Bambi, and the Boy managed to get one of me that I thought I would share. It is a small New Years resolution to post a few more photos of me. I am easing myself in gently thou.


I have made a number of resolutions this year, that I really hope to stick to and achieve. I will share a few of them with you in a later post. Have you made any resolutions for the year ahead?